Other new birds for the year soon fell with a Green Sandpiper (skogsnipe) feeding on the lake and a Chiffchaff (gransanger) singing. I had another Green Sand flying north on migration and had a few small flocks of Greylag Geese (grågås) and one flock of Cormorants (storskarv) but no Pink-footed Geese (kortnebbgås) today.
When I arrived Maridalsvannet was still half frozen but by the time I left just after 9am nearly all the ice had melted. This extra water brought new birds with 18 Teal (krikkand) and best of all the first Black-throated Diver (storlom) of the year with another migrating north at some height.
On days like this I spend much time staring skywards and in addition to the Kestrels I found my two first Ospreys (fiskeørn) of the year which both appeared around 8am and slowly drifted north, a Buzzard (musvåk), 2 Sparrowhawks (spurvehauk), a dashing male Merlin (dvergfalk), a Goshawk (hønsehauk) and a Crane (trane). There were also finches, thrushes and Wood Pigeons to be seen constantly seemingly flying in all directions.
Non-bird signs of spring were a squashed frog on the road and a toad alive and hopping over the road.
|yet another distant and poor Crane (trane) photo from Maridalen but they get a bit closer each time|
|my first Green Sandpiper (skogsnipe) of the year|
|and my first Osprey (fiskeørn) of the year|
|and a Ring Ouzel (ringtrost) which guess what was also my first of the year. This one a male|
|and this one a female|
|this Kestrel (tårnfalk), one of five I saw, flew right over my head but most of my photos were blurred|
|a very scarce Maridalen bird: Stock Dove (skogdue)|
|White Wagtails (linerle) are slowly building up in numbers|